Tourism secretary visits local eateries

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Tom Martin, owner of Taco Box in Clovis and Portales, is given a New Mexico True T-shirt by Secretary of Tourism Monique Jacobson as part of the restaurant’s designation as a New Mexico Culinary Treasure.

By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Not even the cold and snow could keep New Mexico Secretary of Tourism Monique Jacobson away from Clovis this week as she stopped in at three of the area’s most beloved restaurants. Cars were wrapped around Taco Box at lunchtime Friday as the restaurant offered 25 cent beef tacos in celebration […]

Drive to help needy

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Former Sunland employees continue to feel the community love as the holiday season rolls around. The Ministerial Alliance, a group made up of community churches, has teamed up with multiple clubs from Eastern New Mexico University to provide Thanksgiving food baskets to former employees and their families […]

Going back on tour

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by Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Get the tour bus ready, because the band is hitting the road. Or in the case of the Portales High School Band, get the school bus ready. The Ram Band is gearing up for its Elementary Tour, to take place Tuesday. The PHS band will visit all […]

Ticket: Students to present ‘Bat Boy: The Musical’

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Clovis Community College, Eastern New Mexico University, Clovis High School and Cannon Air Force Base students will present “Bat Boy: The Musical” at CCC Town Hall this weekend.

CNJ staff The Clovis Community College Company class is joining forces with Eastern New Mexico faculty to present “Bat Boy: The Musical” this weekend. The production, which originally premiered in 1997 at the Actors Gang Theatre in Los Angeles, will be jointly directed by CCC’s Christy Mendoza and ENMU’s Jean Ornellas. “Bat Boy: The Musical” […]

Cultural connection

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com It’s been hard for Barbara Layog to see destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the country she grew up in. Layog moved from the Philippines to Roosevelt County about nine years ago. The 34-year-old physical therapist at Roosevelt General Hospital said she’s noticed a similarity in cultures between […]

Roosevelt General Hospital has a new Board member

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Paul Benoit will be tackling new challenges as a newly elected Roosevelt General Hospital Board member. The superintendent of Floyd Schools is venturing into an unfamiliar territory for the lifetime educator.. I understand that the hospital board seat is a volunteer position. Why did you want to […]

Cannon airman earns audition on the ‘The Voice’

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com A local country singer and guitarist is headed to Hollywood next month to audition for NBC’s reality television singing competition “The Voice.” Josh Sullivan, who is stationed at Cannon Air Force Base and works as an AC-130W instructor pilot, only recently began singing for crowds both solo and […]

Vacancies can take big toll at RGH

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com There are no full-time openings for nurses currently open at Roosevelt General Hospital but that can change in the matter of days, according to the Director of Nursing Services Mercedes Lopez. Staffing levels fluctuate in cycles, according to Lopez, and it takes a toll on the nursing staff […]

Club targets first-timers

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Arrows were flying both on and off target Saturday morning at the Portales Recreation Center. The Portales Bowhunters put on a workshop for any and all interested in the historical craft of bowhunting. Archery enthusiasts and youthful beginners were both present to take lessons from members of […]

Elida completes “un-B-feated” run in volleyball

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By Kenn Rodriguez CMI correspondent RIO RANCHO — There are other volleyball teams in New Mexico that have won more state volleyball titles than Elida. But the history books will always show that not only are the Lady Tigers four-time champions in Class B, but they will forever be the only champions in that class. […]

Cold weather wear

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By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com The holidays are a time for giving and receiving, and some local families need a helping hand when it comes to properly preparing for winter weather. Several Clovis and Portales agencies are accepting donations of winter coats, which will be given to men, women and children who do not have or […]

Fans notice Hounds’ winning ways

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By Christina Calloway and Eric Norwood Jr. PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The last time the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds won a conference football title, George W. Bush was elected president for the first time. Under second-year coach Josh Lynn, the Greyhounds (6-3 overall) are assured of their first winning season since 2004, and with […]

Lady Rams coach likes team’s chances

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com The Portales Lady Rams are looking to end a five-year “drought” when it comes to Class 3A state volleyball championships this weekend. The Elida Lady Tigers, meantime, are hoping to extend their Class B title run to four. Pool play is scheduled today in all classes at Rio […]

Costco wants peanuts back

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By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com The largest processor of organic Valencia peanuts in the country was so strapped for cash, its single largest customer — Costco — had to front it $20 million. And most employees didn’t get paid for their work in the final days before the Portales plant was shuttered last […]

City funds support economic growth

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A local group is using economic development funds to spruce up the Sands Shopping Center in Portales in an effort to attract new business to the area. The Portales City Council recently granted $70,000 in Local Economic Development Act funds for the Falcon Group, LLC, for improvements to […]

Veteran’s journey true example of sacrifice

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Like most children, Rick Fails and Janie Stokes consider their dad a hero. In this case, most of America would agree with the kids’ perspective. Alvin Fails, who was born in Milnesand and grew up in Portales, joined the New Mexico National Guard in 1941. He survived the Bataan Death March a few months later, […]

Four down, one to go for Hounds

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Win next week gives ENMU share of LSC title By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — Another long losing streak for Eastern New Mexico University’s football team fell by the wayside on Saturday — this one in impressive fashion. Now the Greyhounds will bid to end another drought — as in Lone […]

Students weigh “going green” at preview day

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com While high school seniors have yet to take their final exams, they are already looking towards the future. Many seniors and their families spent Saturday seeing if those futures could be in Portales. They came in abundance to Eastern New Mexico University for Senior Preview Day. Parents […]

Seven vying for Little Miss Merry Christmas

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PNT staff There are seven contestants in this year’s Little Miss Merry Christmas contest. The annual contest is a fundraiser for the white Christmas lights that are on display throughout town and on the Roosevelt County Courthouse during the holiday season. The contestant that raises the most money through donations collected by her sponsor and […]

Greyhounds counting on large senior contingent

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By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com If a preseason exhibition means anything, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team is ready for the regular campaign to start. That happens when the Greyhounds (12-15, 9-9 Lone Star Conference last season) face Missouri Southern at 6 p.m. (MST) today in the last of five games in the two-day, […]